Diocese of Portsmouth

Brighstone Christmas Tree Festival


Start date
6 Dec 2017, 5 p.m.
End date
16 Dec 2017, 9:30 p.m.
Location
St Mary's Church, Brighstone and other venues in Brighstone and Mottistone
Isle of Wight
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More than 200 trees decorated by community groups, businesses and individuals are on display in seven venues around Brighstone and Mottistone: St Mary's Church, Brighstone, the Methodist Church, The Wilberforce Hall, The Three Bishops Pub, The Reading Rooms, Mottistone Church and the Isle of Wight Pearl.

This Isle of WIght festival celebrates its 21st year with a magical display of trees and a programme of music and entertainment, including carol-singing, handbell ringing, the chance to meet Santa, a Nativity pageant and seasonal refreshments. The proceeds go to charity - over the years more than £110,000 has been raised for good causes.

Free Admission. Opening times: December 7–10 between 10am and 5pm.

free park and ride will operate from the Isle of Wight Pearl and Brighstone Holiday Centre on the Military Rd into Brighstone village with a further free shuttle service to Mottistone and back.

Scroll down for details of special events as part of the festival.

Decorated Christmas trees will be on display in St Mary's Church, Brighstone and elsewhere

Special events:

Wednesday 6 December

St Mary's Church (7pm): Hospice ‘lights of love’ carol service. With a cappella choir, to launch the festival

Thursday 7 December

St Mary’s Church (2.30pm): The Chillerton Players Clarinet Group.

Methodist Church (3.30pm): Carols with Brighstone pupils, plus the lighting of the tree.

Friday 8 December

Scout Centre (10am-4pm): Christmas gift and craft fair.

Wilberforce Hall (4pm): Carols with The Village Society.

St Mary’s Church (7.30pm): The Christmas Choir Carol Concert.

Saturday 9 December

Brighstone Primary School (1pm-4pm): Christmas fair.

Isle of Wight Pearl (11am-12noon): The Credorer Esemble. Seasonal instrumental music.

St Peter and St Paul’s Church, Mottistone (4.30pm): Carols, crib blessing and handbell ringing.

Sunday 10 December

St Mary’s Church (2pm-3pm): Rhymes and Chimes of Christmas.

Starts from Upper Lane/Woodside Drive (3.45pm): Nativity Pageant. Performed every two years with a cast drawn from local residents. Relive the very first Christmas as the Biblical story is performed through the village in the open air.

St Mary’s Church (7pm): Stars of Wonder concert. Musical extravaganza in aid of South Wight Area Youth.

Thursday 14 December

St Mary’s Church (7.30pm): Slipshod Singers/Brighstone Barnacles in concert.

Saturday 16 December

St Mary’s Church (7.30pm): Concert with the Sandown and Shanklin Military Band. Proceeds in aid of ABF - The Soldiers Charity.

In three locations, the trees will be on show until January 2. For more details, see www.bxtf.org, ring Chris Goodman, Festival Organiser on 01983-741166 or contact him via chris@brighstone.org.